Where Have the Good Men Gone? – WSJ.com

Yes, at other points in Western history young people have waited well into their 20s to marry, and yes, office girls and bachelor lawyers have been working and finding amusement in cities for more than a century. But their numbers and their money supply were always relatively small. Today’s pre-adults are a different matter. They are a major demographic event. –via Where Have the Good Men Gone? – WSJ.com.

Ludus Novus » Blog Archive » Fine-Tuned: Being Troy Sterling

I’ve just gotten around to playing “Fine-Tuned,” a 2001 work of interactive fiction by Dennis Jerz. It’s a fun piece about a 1920s dandy with an automobile and an opera singer given a strange job. I’m about halfway through, and the game reportedly ends in a cliffhanger (which is disappointing), but so far I’m impressed at how excellently the game puts me into the heads of its characters. Ludus Novus…

Choose Your Own Adventure books: How The Cave of Time taught us to love interactive entertainment. – By Grady Hendrix – Slate Magazine

The next time I introduce interactive storytelling, I might use this very accessible overview. But all of these efforts were eclipsed by the bedtime story Edward Packard told his two daughters in 1969.While telling his daughters their story, Packard, then a lawyer who was “never comfortable with the law,” asked them what happened next. They each gave a different answer and he turned this branching path story into what would…

Looking for a book following the “life” of four atoms

Some years ago I picked up a nonfiction book that I think begins with the creation of four atoms in a supernova, and follows the path of these atoms as one becomes part of a new star, one becomes part of a life form, one falls into a black hole, etc. For some reason my wife returned that book, and I have just spent a half hour looking for it,…

The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post – NYTimes.com

Thoughtful analysis of the economics of the Huffington Post sale. The indie bloggers (which were a prominent part of the original mission of the site, and were responsible, through their inbound links, for giving the site its initial buzz, contribute only in a small way to the site’s income. One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think…

Hacking the WordPress Calendar Widget

I’m fine-tuning my WordPress multisite blog installation. A blog is designed to look into the past, not the future. While it was a simple matter to turn MovableType into a rudimentary course management system by simply post-dating blog entries, WordPress goes out of its way to hide future content. I use the plugin “No Future Posts” to make future-dated posts appear on the site, but the calendar widget is designed…

Indie Journalists React to Huffington Post Sale

When the Huffington Post launched in 2005, I wondered, “What will be the contributions of a large bunch of people, who could have blogged on their own if they wanted to, but were motivated to do so by the Arianna Huffington brand name?”  On launch day, Many of the celebrities-turned-writers wrote initial entries that amounted to, “My homework assignment was to post a blog entry… how does this work?” Huffington…